Dangerous Junction At R633 and L3816 Ballymacoda To Be Widened

By Seamus Whelehan


The East Cork Municipal district says it will widen the dangerous junction at Keffee’s cross “the R633 and L3816) Ballymacoda Road.
Earlier this year Cllr Michael Hegarty raised concerns that a fundamental design flaw at the upgraded junction had the potential to cause a fatal accident.
He said given its heavy use, the redesigned T Junction near Ballymacoda was “an accident waiting to happen.”
The junction was altered under the Council’s Low Cost Safety Scheme to give priority to vehicles coming from Ladysbridge heading towards Youghal but, since the improvement works, safety fears at the intersection have been heightened.
The initial works were carried out to encourage lower traffic speeds at the junction, and make the layout of the junction more readable to an unfamiliar driver, and reduce the risk of a ‘drive through’
Since the works were complete a secondary issue arose where the sharpness of the corner on the R633 Youghal approach can result in larger vehicles overriding the verge and /or centreline.
Mr Hegarty told Council in February “a vehicle coming from Youghal towards Ballymacoda has to drive over on the other side of the carriage way to negotiate the bend. If another vehicle is coming at the same time from Ballymacoda it’s an accident waiting to happen.”
Following a road safety audit the local authority say they will widen the road locally to reduce the sharpness of the corners to reduce this risk.

They say “these works will be carried out in the current programme year.”